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Volume 35 Issue 13

Engineering program aims at minority, disadvantaged students >

March 6th, 2003

To help acclimate qualified minority and disadvantaged students to college life, Pitt’s School of Engineering is implementing a program that will help students attain a stronger educational background and provide them with positive role models. Sylvanus Nwosu, assistant dean for diversity at the engineering school, created the Pitt Engineering Career Access Program (PECAP). Beginning this […]

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It's Bircher vs. Metzger again in Senate election >

March 6th, 2003

The medical school’s Nicholas G. Bircher and Thomas A. Metzger of the mathematics department are going head to head again in a University Senate election. This time, the professors are running against each other for president of the Senate. Last spring, they competed for the Senate vice presidency. That election resulted in an unprecedented tie […]

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SIS gets $100,000 to develop center >

March 6th, 2003

Pitt’s School of Information Sciences has received a $100,000 grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Buhl Foundation to develop the Center for Advancement of Libraries for Learning, or CALL, under the direction of SIS Dean Ronald Larsen. CALL is an innovative education and information laboratory that will link with libraries and other educational institutions […]

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Nordenberg responds to Temple's awarding of limited same-sex partner health benefits >

March 6th, 2003

Chancellor Mark Nordenberg said Temple University’s extension of health benefits to some of its employees’ same-sex partners is “probably a positive thing” but it would not be financially or politically prudent yet for Pitt to follow Temple’s lead. The chancellor’s first public comments on the Temple action came during the Feb. 20 Pitt Board of […]

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OBITUARY: Anna Marie Yurick >

March 6th, 2003

Anna Marie Yurick, an associate professor emerita in Pitt’s School of Nursing who taught here for almost 40 years, died Feb. 24, 2003, at her Murrysville home. Yurick, 67, had advanced uterine cancer and was in the intensive care unit at Shadyside Hospital until shortly before her death. Even while in Shadyside’s ICU, Yurick was […]

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Port Authority seeks more money from Pitt >

March 6th, 2003

Port Authority of Allegheny County has opened negotiations with Pitt to increase its annual fee in exchange for continued ride-for-free service for Pittsburgh campus employees and students. Pitt and the Port Authority have a renewable contract that runs until July 31, 2006. Laurie Andrews, Port Authority chief operations officer, said that the transit company advised […]

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Assembly okays resolution criticizing trustees on pay >

March 6th, 2003

In defending the salary raises and bonuses that they awarded to Pitt executives this year, trustees said they overruled advice from Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, who reportedly argued that such large increases could be “misconstrued and damage important campus relationships.” At its Feb. 25 meeting, Faculty Assembly urged trustees to pay better attention to Nordenberg the […]

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To go to war against Iraq or not: Panelists present differing views >

March 6th, 2003

A highly charged discussion of a potential U.S. war with Iraq ended in an impasse last week, as the four speakers remained firmly entrenched in their positions. GSPIA professor and moderator Donald Goldstein told the audience of about 300 at the forum’s conclusion: “You came here and you’re not going to change your minds. But […]

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